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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What color hair does Augie have?

2. What type of dog is Winnie?

3. Who demands that Georgie be institutionalized when he reaches puberty?

4. What job does Augie help his cousins, the Coblins, complete?

5. How does WInnie die?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Simon first show his cruelty when Augie works for him?

2. Why do Augie and William visit a whore house together?

3. What quarrelsome love triangle does Augie have to sort out, even though he is not involved in it?

4. Why is Augie fired from his job at Deever's Department Store?

5. Why does Augie meet regularly with his caseworker, Lubin?

6. Who is William Einhorn?

7. What type of obituary does William write after his father's death?

8. Who is "Grandma"?

9. How does Augie feel about attending school?

10. What lecture does William give to Augie after the break in at his pool hall?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Augie March started his life with a rough family upbringing. First, describe the dynamic of Augie's family when he was born. What family life was he born into? Then, describe how Augie overcame his rough upbringing. What was expected of Augie's future when he was a boy? How did Augie overcome what was predicted or expected of him to create his own future? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

Grandma was a powerful force in the lives of the young March boys. First, describe Grandma's character and explain the way she related to the March family. Then, describe the level of power Grandma had over the March family and the decisions they made. Was Grandma generally a positive or negative influence in the March family lives. Finally, choose one major decision Grandma made for the March family and describe how she was given that power. What was the effect of Grandma's decision on the March family? Did she make a good or bad decision for the family? How can you tell? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

The tension between Poles and Jews in Chicago in the early 1920's is blatantly apparent in Augie's description of his childhood in a Polish neighborhood. First, describe what life was like for the March family living as the only Jewish family in a Polish neighborhood. How was the family treated in the neighborhood? How were the boys treated at school? Then,describe the relationship Augie had with the Kriendl family. How did race relations fuel the bond in this unlikely family? Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

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